Personal trainer Emmet Rushe tells us how to get closer to our health and fitness goals without needing any real skills or talents.

During the week, I shared a picture on my Instagram feed that celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson posted.

It was simply “10 Things that require 0 talent”

They were;

  1. Being on time
  2. Work ethic
  3. Effort
  4. Body language
  5. Energy
  6. Attitude
  7. Passion
  8. Being coach-able
  9. Doing extra
  10. Being Prepared

It was so simple that it could almost have been overlooked as something that you are already doing.

But are you?

The list above can be applied to anything in life.

  • Work,
  • Training,
  • Nutrition.

It’s about being honest with yourself and looking at the list with an open mind.

Being on time

Time keeping is very important in life.

Being early is on time.
Being on time is being late.
Being late tells a few things.

If you are consistently late for work, training, whatever, you are sending out all of the wrong signals to yourself and the people around you.
It gives off a sign of disinterest to your coach.

Work Ethic & Effort

Your work ethic and the amount of effort that you put into your training and nutrition can be the difference between sub par results and getting exactly what you want from your program.

You don’t have to give 100% each and every day, as that isn’t feasible in real life, but always doing the bare minimum and expecting progress isn’t feasible either.
Always strive to do a bit more each session.

Body Language, Energy, Attitude, Passion. 

As with work ethic and effort, how you approach your sessions tells a lot about you.

It is understandable that some may be nervous at the beginning, but once you get comfortable you should approach each session as a challenge.

If there is something that you cannot do, don’t shy away from it, look at it as something that you need to improve on.

If there is something that your coach asks you to do with your nutrition, don’t brush it aside.
Look for ways to make it fit into your current lifestyle, so you can get the best results with the least upheaval.


Being Coach-able

You should view each training session as a learning experience.
You don’t want to be a year down the line and still not understand the basic exercises and how to do them.

Ask your coach why you are doing them.
Ask why they have chosen a certain type of nutrition for you.
Ask if there are alternative exercises you can do if you don’t like one.

Be present in your sessions and always try to improve as much as you can, but take on board what your coach is saying and if they need you to do more, do more. If they need you to do less, so you can improve, do less.


Doing Extra

If you train 2 or 3 days per week with a coach or in a class situation, you have to realise that this is 2 or 3 hours out of a 168 hour week.

Adding in some extra activity on the days you aren’t with your coach can be a great addition to your coaching.

Keeping on track with your nutrition on the weekends along with during the week can help also.

If everything you are doing in the other 165 hours, is NOT in line with your goals, you may need a reality check and decide if you are actually serious about what you say you want with your training and nutrition.

Being Prepared

Having your training gear with you.
Having your food with you for lunch.
Having meals prepared for during the week.
Having snacks at hand for times where you are late, or stuck, or to keep hunger at bay or to prevent slip ups from happening.
Knowing what you are going to say when questions arise about your new program.
Having the right answers ready for when people try and steer you off course.

These are all things that you can do to be ready and to actually win.

Whatever your goals are at the moment, be honest with yourself and look at the list above.
Are you applying yourself in the ways listed or are there gaps in your plans that can be filled that will leave you in a better place and closer to your goal.

Once you fill in these gaps, you will be in a better place to get what you want from your training and in life.

The next block of my Fit in 42 program starts on the 28th of August.
We are down to the last few spaces on it.
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